New York Excelsior New York Excelsior OWL Rank #6 JJoNak Bang Sung-hyeon (방성현) flex support HOTBA Choi Hong-joon off tank Libero Kim Hye-sung (김혜성) dps Nenne Jeong Yeon-kwan dps Mano Kim Dong-gyu (김동규) tank ANAMO Jeong Tae-seong (정태성) support Mandu Kim Chan-hee (김찬희) support academy team XL2 Academy XL2 Academy Inactive Haku Robert Blohm flex support Speedily Nicholas Zou dps ksp Kai Collins dps GIG Rick Salazar tank buds Casey McIlwaine flex Ojee Christian Han support have announced they will be taking a hiatus from Overwatch Contenders. All of their players and coaching staff will become free agents.

The team's entire roster and staff have declared they are looking for new teams following the announcement of XL2 disbanding.

XL2 Academy is the fourth academy team to go on hiatus or disband this year, although they are the first one to do so after Contenders Season 2. Shock academy team NRG Esports disbanded following Contenders Season 1 in May, Mayhem Academy went on hiatus the same month and Eternal Academy disbanded at the same time following a demotion to Open Division.

A fifth academy team, Guangzhou Academy, disbanded in May after being demoted to Trials. However, the Guangzhou Charge returned to Contenders competition soon after when they acquired T1w to create their new academy team, T1w.GZA.

XL2 Academy are coming off a runner-up finish in Contenders 2019 Season 2: North America West and a top six finish in the Contenders Gauntlet. They've made the playoffs of all five Contenders seasons they've participated in and finished in the top four three times.

There is no confirmed date for the next season of Contenders.

XL2 Academy XL2 Academy Inactive Haku Robert Blohm flex support Speedily Nicholas Zou dps ksp Kai Collins dps GIG Rick Salazar tank buds Casey McIlwaine flex Ojee Christian Han support 's roster was:

  • Nicholas "Speedily" Zou (DPS)
  • Kai "ksp" Collins (DPS)
  • Casey "buds" McIlwaine (Flex)
  • Kim "BiaNcA" Dong-wook (김동욱) (Off-tank)
  • Rick "GIG" Salazar (Tank)
  • Robert "Haku" Blohm (Flex Support)
  • Christian "Ojee" Han (Support)

Their staff was:

  • Adam "Adam" Eckel (Manager)
  • Jonathan "Jon" Tran (Coach)
  • "Lutional" (Translator)